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Northwest District (LCMS) Mission Committee Records

Identifier: NWD.05

Scope and Contents

The documents in the folders are primarily correspondence relative to new churches and mission starts, and to churches receiving financial assistance. In addition, records are in the form of reports of official visits, statistics, financial reports, status reports, pastoral changes, building programs, and minutes of meetings.


  • 1942 - 1985

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Northwest District Archives is the owner of the materials in the Mission Committee Collection and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Northwest District Archives before any reproduction use. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. The status of copyright is governed by the Copyright Law of the U. S. (Title 17, U.S.C.). In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Historical Note

The Mission Committee of the Northwest District, LCMS, had its origins in 1887 with the organizing of the Oregon and Washington District of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. The name has changed at various times as follows:

  • 1887-1942Mission Board
  • 1942-1997Mission Committee
  • 1997-2010Expanding Ministries

The focus of the Mission Committee was on churches receiving financial assistance, as well as new churches and mission starts. Through 1942, the Mission Board was one of several boards that reported to the President and ultimately to the District Convention. In 1942 the District governance was reorganized into a Board of Directors; the newly renamed Mission Committee now reported directly to the District Board of Directors. The Mission Committee continued to have its own executive through 1994 when, as a result of a reorganization of the Board of Directors in which committees were replaced with task forces, the committee was phased out by 1997; its function was assumed by the Expanding Ministries program. Earlier, Rev. E. G. Jaech served as chair of the MissionsCommittee from 1957-1970. After that the chair of the committee changed frequently. Beginning in 1967, the Mission Committee was brought under the leadership of a full-time District Executive, Rev. D. C. Schroeder, who served until his retirement in 1985 both as District Secretary and as administrator of the Mission program.


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Correspondence, mission reports, and other documents related to the work of the Missions Committee of the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod for the years 1967-1985.


The files are arranged in four series: Series I. Closed files on activities with congregations, 1942-1972. Series II. Working files on activities with congregations, 1967-1985. Series III. Correspondence, mainly to and from the District Secretary. Series IV. Subject files.

The folders for Series I and II are arranged by the name of the city in which each church is located; within each folder arrangement is chronological. The folders in Series III are arranged chronologically. The folders in Series IV are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Related Archival Materials

Earlier materials from the Mission Board (1887-1942) and the Mission Committee (1943-1966) are included in the Board of Directors Collection; thus there is some overlap between the records in this series and the Board of Directors record.

Reports from the Mission Committee and the executive, D. C. Schroeder, may be located in the minutes of the Board of Directors for the years 1967-1985. Summary reports are printed in the Workbook of the District Conventions for the same years.

Guide to the Northwest District (LCMS) Mission Committee Recprds An Inventory at the Northwest District Archives
Nolan R. Bremer
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Finding Aid is written in English.
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Repository Details

Part of the Northwest District (Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod) Archives Repository

Northwest District Archives
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman St.
Portland Oregon 97211-6099 USA